Posted on Jul 29, 2018
CPT Training Officer (En/Mp/Cm), G 37, Individual Training Division
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Well, it looks like I’m headed to the center of the known universe (Fort Bragg, NC for those that don’t know what the universe looks like).

I have accepted an Active Guard/Reserve (Active Duty) position with the United States Army Reserve, after 14 years in the Army National Guard (5 of which have been in an Active Duty status).

I never thought the day would come that I would leave the National Guard (until retirement that is), but an opportunity presented itself, one that I couldn’t turn down.

To say the move is bittersweet is an understatement. I have never been a part of a more professional organization as the Army National Guard. The experiences, mentorship, and friendships I’ve gained along the way will last the rest of my life.

I look forward to expanding those areas of my career, and much more, as I move forward in the United States Army Reserve.
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Once you're promoted, you have instant Federal recognition. No waiting 6 months for promotion to kick in on your Les. I was in the Army National Guard for almost 13 years. It is not as political. And you get promoted when you're supposed to be promoted. You don't have to put time in the action General's office after you get promoted to Lieutenant Colonel before you get Battalion command. I know an Ordnance officer who had to wait for his third look before he could make it to lieutenant colonel. He had to deployed to Kuwait as a SPO because the National Guard wanted to make sure you had active duty within the last 10 years or you were not considered. This is from a friend of mine. So you may like the Army Reserve better with time
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LTC (Join to see) the one benefit that the National Guard has is if you joined by your 35th birthday and complete basic training, you can be commissioned as late as one day shy of your 42nd birthday. In the Army Reserve, it is now one day shy of your 34th birthday with an age waiver. So for those who want to become an officer and you're over 33, join the Army National Guard get the captain and then go into the irr and transfer over to the Army Reserve. You'll be glad you did especially if you join civil affairs. Also, if you go to become an an observer controller trainer in the Army Reserve, all the Billet start at Major so you can get your vacancy promotion that way as well.
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That's exactly what I did. Got commissioned in the Guard one day shy of my 40th BD, made it to CPT and transferred into 75th TC as an OC/T. Unless you really screw the pooch, you are guaranteed LTC first look in your primary zone.
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LTC (Join to see) I made it in the zone just this year. If you look at the fy18 LTC board I would say no more than 20% made it below the zone
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I don't think National Guard has the below the zone privilege to be promoted early.
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I personally loved Ft Bragg when I was there
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CPT (Join to see) - They cleaned up Hays Street
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CPT Training Officer (En/Mp/Cm), G 37, Individual Training Division
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We found a place near Sanford. Looks like a nice area.
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Sanford is a good area too
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CPT Training Officer (En/Mp/Cm), G 37, Individual Training Division
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SSG (Join to see) - that’s good news. It’s about halfway between Sanford proper and Fort Bragg.
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LTC Greg Henning
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I had to leave the Guard and transfer into the Army Reserve to make 05. It was the best move I could make. Best of luck at Bragg.
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I have heard that a lot sir. Thank you!!
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Still a lot of "good old boy" crap that goes on in the Guard. You have to know the right people and kiss the right asses to get anywhere.
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